Prep 2 h
Cook 45m


    1 cup chana dal or split gram

    1 cup jaggery

    1 1/4 cup urad dal or black lentil

    1/4 cup raw rice

    1 tsp cardamom powder

    1 tbsp sugar

    1bsp ghee

    1 cup oil for deep frying

    A pinch of salt

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Ingredient Substitution Guide


Wash the chana dal properly and soak it for an hour.

In a separate container, soak raw rice and urad dal together for an hour or two.

In a pressure cooker, add 1 tsp of ghee to the soaked dal. Cook up to three or four whistles until the dal is done well.

Drain the water completely from the cooked dal. Mash the dal nicely into a soft paste.

In a kadai or heavy wok, cook the mashed dal with jaggery. The jaggery will melt and granulate, turning liquid. Cook until the mixture tightens up into a soft dough. Add cardamom powder, mix well and switch off the flame.

Once cooled, pluck tiny handfuls of the mixture into your palm and gently round them into small balls. Keep aside.

Grind the raw rice and urad dal together. Add a pinch of salt and sugar to the grind.

Add a bit of water to make a thick batter.

Heat oil in a wok. Dip the lentil balls in the thick batter and fry them until they turn evenly crispy and light brown.

Serve hot with ghee on top.

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